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What A Day cuts through all the chaos and clickbait to help you understand what matters and how you can fix it—all in just 15 minutes. Comedian Akilah Hughes and reporter Gideon Resnick break down the biggest news of the day, share important stories you may have missed, and show you what “Fox & Friends” would sound like if it were hosted by two people whose parents read to them as children. New episodes Monday through Friday at 5 a.m. EST.

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As Easy As Phase 1, 2, 3

As Easy As Phase 1, 2, 3

2020-09-1820:132

Two pharma companies released information about their vaccine trials, including details on their timelines and specific metrics they’ll be using to assess efficacy in early data. It’s all part of a push to gain public trust. We explain what to expect, and when.  While Congress is still stalled on another relief bill, Republicans in the Senate are busy confirming federal judges nominated by Trump. And in headlines: Bill Barr says all the wrong things, the USPS wanted to send us masks but was stopped, and Banksy loses out to a greeting card company. Show links: www.votesaveamerica.com/getmitch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Concerns about whether the Biden campaign is doing enough to speak to Latinx voters have grown in recent days following polling that suggests weakness among this group, particularly in Florida. Political consultant and former Bernie Sanders advisor Chuck Rocha joins to discuss. The director of the CDC says that a vaccine for Covid-19 might not be available until the summer or fall of 2021. He also said that wearing a mask could be more important in fighting the spread of the virus. Trump disagreed. And in headlines: Hurricane Sally drenches Alabama and Florida, Big Ten football is back on, and a former data-scientist for Facebook blows the whistle on Zuck. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
When Police Pay

When Police Pay

2020-09-1621:034

The city of Louisville, Kentucky has come to a $12 million settlement deal with the family of Breonna Taylor, who was shot and killed by police officers in her apartment six months ago. The agreement also includes several police reforms. We explain. Over 5 million acres have now been burned across the West. We discuss the poor air quality caused by the smoke, how it's measured, and the effects it can have on our health. And in headlines: the key witness in an ongoing investigation of sexual assault by guards at an ICE detention center has been deported by ICE, Trump’s health spokesperson fearmongers on Facebook Live, and some updates on mail-in voting. Show Links: "Breonna Taylor's Life Was Changing, Then Police Came To Her Door" https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/30/us/breonna-taylor-police-killing.html?action=click&module=RelatedLinks&pgtype=Article Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Let's TikTok Business

Let's TikTok Business

2020-09-1517:482

Extreme weather continues in the US, with over 4.5 million acres burned across the West Coast and a Category 2 hurricane bearing down on the Gulf Coast. Scientists say two Antarctic glaciers are breaking off and could contribute to large-scale sea level rise, underscoring the need for aggressive environmental policy in the US and abroad.  Oracle is close to taking over TikTok’s US operations following scuttled negotiations between Microsoft and ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok. Oracle would be a “trusted tech partner,” meaning the deal isn’t a full-on sale—instead, Oracle would manage TikTok’s US data.  And in headlines: a whistleblower at a privately-run ICE detention camp in Georgia, comparing the pandemic’s economic consequences to the ’09 financial crisis, and scientists discover a perfectly-preserved cave bear in Serbia. Show Links... "The Trump Administration Is Reversing 100 Environmental Rules. Here’s the Full List." https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/climate/trump-environment-rollbacks.html Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Fire, Wind & Fire

Fire, Wind & Fire

2020-09-1420:433

Wildfires raged on over the weekend in the West, with millions of acres burned, thousands displaced, and dozens of lives lost. Aside from fighting climate change, one of the most effective ways to manage these fires is regular controlled burns, which is something indigenous tribes were doing for centuries.  Two meat processing facilities were fined a measly total of $29,000 after government regulators at OSHA determined that the plants didn’t do enough to protect workers. OSHA has gotten almost 10,000 Covid-related workplace safety requests so far, and these are the only two companies that have been cited and fined.  And in headlines: controversies surrounding Disney’s “Mulan,” Israel imposes a second nation-wide lockdown, and Mike Bloomberg pledges to donate 100 million to Joe Biden’s Florida campaign. Show links: "They Know How To Prevent Forest Fires. Why Won't Anybody Listen?" https://www.propublica.org/article/they-know-how-to-prevent-megafires-why-wont-anybody-listen "To Manage Wildfire, California Looks To What Tribes Have Known All Along" https://www.npr.org/2020/08/24/899422710/to-manage-wildfire-california-looks-to-what-tribes-have-known-all-along Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Surveilling The Police

Surveilling The Police

2020-09-1123:487

Viral videos of police brutality against Black people have generated outrage, protest, and sustained national attention this year. We talk to Bijan Stephen, a reporter at The Verge, about his latest project called “Capturing The Police,” which examines the impact these videos have on the people who film them. Another 884,000 people filed for unemployment last week, which is more than economists were expecting. The Republicans failed to pass their “skinny” relief bill in the Senate, and it’s not clear whether another deal will be reached before the election. And in headlines: the NFL kicks off their season, Microsoft announces election hacks, and Mike Pence gets friendly with QAnon. Show Links: https://www.theverge.com/21355121/new-civil-rights-movement-police-brutality-protests-film-videos-black-lives-matter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Recorded interviews of Donald Trump by Bob Woodward show he understood the threat of coronavirus in February, while he insisted in public it would “disappear” and was no worse than the seasonal flu. Trump addressed these revelations at a press conference yesterday, confirming that he intentionally downplayed the virus because he’s a "cheerleader" for the country. Wildfires are continuing to burn across the West, leading to mandatory evacuations for tens of thousands of people, and a blanket of smoke covering much of the Bay Area. High temperatures resulting from climate change have set the perfect conditions for this year's unprecedented rapid scale and spread of fires.  And in headlines: the largest refugee camp in Europe was almost totally destroyed, Caster Semenya lost her appeal to compete in the next Olympics, and a whistleblower alleges that DHS downplayed the threat of white supremacy and Russian election interference. Links: Christian Cooper's comic book "It's A Bird" rb.gy/bdecsl Wildfire Relief Fund calfund.org/wildfire-relief-fund/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Rochester, NY police chief and other high ranking officers all resigned or took demotions yesterday, following protests over the police killing of Daniel Prude. Prude’s case, along with other recent violent incidents, are leading some to propose alternatives to police intervention for mental health emergencies.  Republicans in the Senate are back in session with a new coronavirus relief bill, which is itself a pared down version a bill they proposed earlier this summer. For now, Democrats are rejecting it because they believe a larger, more comprehensive bill is necessary. While aid is held up in Congress, state and local governments are facing severe budget shortfalls.  And in headlines: two ex-soldiers from Myanmar’s army say they were ordered to commit atrocities against Rohingya villagers, the Trump administration is ordered to stop winding down the census, and nine drug companies say they won’t seek vaccine approval without doing rigorous testing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
College students have returned to campuses, and so has coronavirus. Northeastern University suspended 11 students for partying, and will not refund them tens of thousands of dollars in tuition payments. At University of Kansas, students are striking and demanding that the university shut down the campus and give hazard pay to workers.  Extreme weather over the past few weeks has underscored the need for an extensive environmental policy overhaul, the kind that is championed by Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey. We look at how Markey worked with the Sunrise Movement to court young people in his primary race last week. Plus, we speak with Sunrise’s political director Evan Weber about lessons that Biden and other Democrats can learn from their movement. And in headlines: protesters in Rochester demand justice for Daniel Prude, India now second in Covid cases, and Trump courts the racist White vote over the weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Vaxxers Without Borders

Vaxxers Without Borders

2020-09-0322:503

Joe Biden will visit Kenosha, Wisconsin later today, where he’ll meet with the family of Jacob Blake. We check in on the continued protests happening there, plus the protests that are continuing in Lafayette, Louisiana, where Trayford Pellerin was killed by police just two days before Blake’s shooting. The Trump administration said it’s not going to take part in a global effort to develop a COVID-19 vaccine because the World Health Organization is leading it. The CDC recently told public health officials in 50 states and five major cities to prepare to distribute a vaccine as early as late October. And in headlines: protests in Belarus, survivors of the Tulsa Massacre seek reparations, and John Boyega reflects on Star Wars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mr. Eviction Freeze

Mr. Eviction Freeze

2020-09-0219:486

The CDC and the Health Department are moving to ban evictions through December for people who can’t pay because of the pandemic. New York City caved to pressure from teachers unions who threatened to strike over school reopenings, pushing back the start of in-person to later this month. Legal battles over mail-in voting saw major developments in Texas, Iowa, and Georgia. An audit from the Inspector General of the USPS looked at primary elections over the summer, and found that over a million mail ballots didn’t get to voters on time.  And in headlines: Sheriff’s deputies in LA fatally shoot Dijon Kizzee, Breonna Taylor’s ex-boyfriend was offered a plea deal if he implicated her in July, and Facebook and Google threaten to ground Australia from the news. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Class Of Covid-19

Class Of Covid-19

2020-09-0121:575

Joe Biden spoke in Pennsylvania yesterday, where he condemned violence of any kind at recent protests. Trump spoke at the White House yesterday, where he declined to tamp down violence among his supporters and suggested instead that Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old Wisconsin shooter, had acted in self-defense.  Coronavirus outbreaks are continuing to pop up at colleges and universities in the US as the fall semester starts. Bars have been ordered closed in Alabama and Iowa after hundreds of students tested positive, and other schools are weighing the decision of whether to send students home if there are cases on campus. For more on schools, check out this week's episode of Hysteria: Crooked.com/Hysteria And in headlines: New York City will pay $5.9 million to the family of Layleen Polanco, Lebanon has chosen its designated Prime Minister, and Trump and his allies “fix it in post.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Critical Mass

Critical Mass

2020-08-3121:316

One man is now dead after a weekend of violence in Portland, Oregon, in which pro-Trump demonstrators drove through the city’s downtown taunting Black Lives Matter protestors. Jay Bishop was a member of a group called Patriot Prayer, a far-right group with ties to white supremacists. Massachusetts holds its primaries on Tuesday. Alex Morse is a 31-year-old, Justice Democrats-supported mayor of Holyoke, whose campaign against the incumbent Representative was hit with a false, homophobic smear. And in headlines: Shinzo Abe steps down as Japan’s prime minister, Novak Djokovic starts an all-male tennis player’s union, and Bella Thorne says sorry for her OnlyFans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The South Yawn

The South Yawn

2020-08-2819:595

Trump closed out the RNC last night, with a meandering 70-minute long speech that saw him paint a rosy picture of his administration’s handling of COVID-19 and promise a vaccine before the end of the year. Trump also tried to suggest that Biden would usher in chaos, while tending to ignore or misrepresent the chaos that’s happening under his administration. Later today thousands of protestors are expected to gather in Washington, DC, bringing the energy of this year’s many racial justice protests to the nation’s capitol. Jacob Blake’s father is set to speak at the event, along with other family members of people who have experienced police brutality. And in headlines: early impact of Hurricane Laura, an update on coronavirus in Europe, and Bon Appétit hires Dawn Davis as its editor-in-chief. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Game Off

Game Off

2020-08-2721:493

Police arrested 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse yesterday for killing two protestors and injuring a third at demonstrations in Kenosha, Washington against police brutality. Professional athletes joined in calling for justice for Jacob Blake, with teams from the NBA, WNBA, MLB, and more going on strike. Biden and Trump are averaging a near tie at the moment in North Carolina, which is sort of the site of the RNC this week. North Carolina is also a state where Republicans have repeatedly practiced voter suppression, through voter ID laws and gerrymandering. We discuss the state’s role in the 2020 election.  And in headlines: Hurricane Laura makes landfall, the CDC gets USPS’d, and the MTA needs billions to keep running on time. Sign up for Vote Save America's weekend of action: votesaveamerica.com/adoptastate Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Bleakfast At Tiffany's

Bleakfast At Tiffany's

2020-08-2621:233

Last night’s Republican National Convention brought more speeches from Trump’s employees and family members, including First Lady Melania Trump, Tiffany Trump, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The topic of “school choice” has been referenced often during the RNC—that’s part of a major push from Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to privatize education.  In Portsmouth, Virginia, Vice Mayor Lisa Lucas-Burke has been charged with a misdemeanor for calling for the resignation of the city’s police chief. She’s not alone. We discuss how the legal system in Virginia and elsewhere is being used against activists and elected officials, who are mostly Black, to suppress political speech.  Mass Defense Fund: www.nlg.org/massdefenseprogram/  And in headlines: updates on Jacob Blake, California farmworkers face grueling work conditions made worse by extreme weather, and the Whitney Museum does fake activism. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Guilfoyle Salesman

Guilfoyle Salesman

2020-08-2519:581

Protestors gathered for a second night in Kenosha, Wisconsin following the police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake, who is reportedly still in intensive care. The three cops that participated in Blake’s shooting have been put on administrative leave, and a state investigation is ongoing.  Milwaukee Freedom Fund: https://bit.ly/mkefreedomfund The Republican Party officially renominated Trump and Pence on the first day of the RNC. The night’s offerings included speeches given live from the same podium in Washington, DC, Kimberly Guilfoyle projecting her voice, and a version of America where the pandemic is basically solved.  And in headlines: it’s been 15 years since Hurricane Katrina, Zoom problems on the first day of school, and Jerry Falwell Jr. resigns over a sex scandal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Republican National Convention begins tonight, predominantly featuring speakers who are Trump’s employees or blood relatives. This weekend, Trump announced that the FDA granted emergency use authorization to a blood plasma treatment for COVID-19… we discuss what that means.  Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testified to the Senate on Friday in his first appearance since the abrupt changes to USPS's operations. On Saturday, the House passed a bill that would give the postal service emergency funding. DeJoy is set to testify to the House today.  And in headlines: police shootings in Louisiana and Wisconsin, California wildfires continue with less prison labor than normal, and Tennessee’s governor makes some forms of protest a felony. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Dude Abidens

The Dude Abidens

2020-08-2119:145

Last night was the final night of the DNC, featuring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, former 2020 presidential candidates, and most notably, Joe Biden’s acceptance speech. In a stark contrast to his campaign thus far, Biden barely mentioned Trump by name, talking instead about the enormity of the situation America faces.  The state of Michigan announced a $600 million fund to compensate Flint residents who were harmed by lead-tainted drinking water. This fund comes after years of litigation and more than 18 months of negotiation.  And in headlines: 1.1 million people filed for unemployment this week, a former USPS Board of Governors member reveals how Louis DeJoy got his Louis DeJob, and boat-man Steve Bannon gets arrested. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Return Of Barack

Return Of Barack

2020-08-2022:234

Last night was the third night of the Democratic National Convention, featuring marquee speeches from VP pick Senator Kamala Harris and former President Barack Obama. Overall, programming was more focused on issues, with segments on immigration, climate change, gun violence, and more.  New coronavirus antibody data from nearly a million and a half people in New York City showed an infection rate of 27 percent, ranging significantly depending on neighborhood. And in headlines: a Native American man faces federal execution despite tribal objections, Apple is worth 2 trillion, and Germany will introduce a dog-walking law. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Comments (86)

Lisa Rhea

Why did you say the name of the whistleblower? I am not sure if his name is out there I honestly don't know but it doesn't help to say it allowed because yes he is fearing for his life.

Sep 3rd
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David MacPherson

Thank you, I appreciate what y'all do everyday. Be well and much love.

Aug 25th
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J Eaton

Lol “mail is important.” 98% of the mail, at least today, are the valpaks. Not sure if it’s nationwide but it’s basically just a pack of coupons no one uses. Ok maybe a handful. But my day sorting letters is one basically wasted because most of the letter mail today is junk. People only want their parcels or if they happen to get an important piece of mail.

Aug 11th
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Jeff David

Dear everyone, The term "fuck-tard" or any invented word with the ending "-tard" (libtard, etc.) is a harmful renormalization of the word retard. Please don't put it in your vernacular.

Aug 5th
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Steven Wallin

Why not today why wait till next week?

Jul 16th
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Dana Pellegrino

I've had cats my whole life and they've always used the litter.... Some dogs too go to the bathroom inside the house. 😿 you guys just don't like cats

Jun 24th
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Lori Ann Commins

on the hotdog eating contest, I agree on the disgust level.

Jun 17th
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Lori C

Plus, the irony that owning the libs about Gone With the Wind means putting more money in jeff bezos pocket is funny.

Jun 12th
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Jacob Bruce

I agree for the most part, but I’m pretty sure that white lady was served appropriate justice. Obviously the system needs it’s own form of justice, but she’s received due consequence

May 28th
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Sean Eppler

Amazing monologue by Akilah

May 27th
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Tiffany Marie

I'm glad I'm not the only person upset by everyone sharing that video of George Floyd. broadcasting his death over and over is so disrespectful to him and his family, not to mention retraumatising. we should absolutely be talking about and protesting what happened and demanding change, but that doesn't require treating a man's murder as reality television.

May 27th
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Max Marcus

Love the show but please can you put all the giggly "humor" into chapter I can skip over? :-(

May 15th
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Tim

good show today

May 12th
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Ashley Tommy P

I binged this whole show! It was amazing, and a twinge uncomfortable at times. great recommendation!

May 6th
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Marilynn Arnold

who's crazy enough to takes some rushed through vaccines. No thanks. the monkeys can keep it.

Apr 30th
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Ricardo Mota

it's not a lot of children. it's the right amount of children. 🤣🤣

Apr 30th
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Ashley Tommy P

As a Georgian, yeah what social distancing can you do in an elevator....? like no.

Apr 27th
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Leah Michels

When you outlaw horse drawn carriages, the horses do not necessarily "retire" . They get shipped to Mexico and turned into meat. Remember when we all stopped buying Chrismas trees because we didn't want to cut trees down? But what really happens is the Christmas tree farms go away. They get paved or turn into subdivisions

Apr 27th
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Karen Platow-Juergens

Gideon, can you share the where you order your books from? would love to support a small business!

Apr 15th
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Lori C

Trying to understand the congresswoman's position, but tired of the list of demands. Can we get behind Biden and get this yam out of white house?

Apr 14th
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